Bengaluru, March 24: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has revealed that the 2007 World Cup loss to Bangladesh was "very harsh" on him and last night's 1-run victory in ICC World Twenty20 cannot erase those bitter memories.
At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday night (March 23), India eked out a thrilling 1-run success over Bangladesh in a Group 2 contest of the Super 10 stage in World T20.
After the match, Dhoni was asked whether this win would erase memories of 2007 World Cup loss to the same side in the Caribbean. The captain said that the 5-wicket defeat still hurts.
"Nothing really. It doesn't erase anything. Because whatever said and done we still remember 2007 loss. The reason being we were playing good cricket and that was the point that we were not able to qualify for the next stage in the World Cup (after the loss to Bangladesh)," the 34-year-old Dhoni told reporters. (Points Table)
At the time, Dhoni was playing in his first World Cup. In that game against Bangladesh in Port of Spain, Dhoni was dismissed for a duck. Rahul Dravid-led India failed to go past the first stage. (WT20 schedule)
"We are all human beings. I know we are professionals but at the end of the day we also feel hurt when we have not done well. You also feel bad. If you see ICC events it happens every alternate year. Actually you start preparing early, you want your players to be fit.
"So you start early and if you don't qualify for the next stage it becomes a bit disappointing. I feel it is an emotional connect to the game. I don't think this victory erases the 2007 loss. Because that was very harsh on us, especially on me. That was the point where I felt life was very tough," Dhoni explained. (Dhoni hits back at journalist)
After the disappointment of 2007, Team India bounced back brilliantly, winning the next edition (2011) at home under the leadership of Dhoni. He secured the title against Sri Lanka with a six at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.